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Anyone else tried it? I am digging it. They have made some nice improvements with hardware detection and system configuration. Still no support for my scanner, but that is SANE not Mandrake. All in all, MAndrake 9 is a nice distro. Not a major step forward, but a good effort. Any other comments?
 
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Hi Gregg,
have you used Redhat? How does it compare?
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Yeah, I have used RedHat. It's kind of 6 one way, half a dozen the other. I think that RedHat is more of a business platform, so while they focus their efforts in that direction, Mandrake forcuses thiers on the everyday user. The thing about Linux Distros is they are all relatviely the same because Redhat, Mandrake, SuSe, etc, are all just companies that package a bunch of software with a Linux Kernel and call it their own. So the differences are really minimal with the exception of what software they include with their distro.
 
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So mandrake has stuff like /etc/fstab and kudzu?
 
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fstab yes, that is pretty much a linux standard. Kudzu I am not so sure. That seems more like an implementation that could be vedor specific. RedHat may use it for thier hardware detection, and Mandrake uses something like HardDrake, or something like that. Kudzu is just a peice of software though, and if you think it is better then you could probably use it on whatever distro you wanted. You will probably need to watch the Kernel version though. Some hardware is bound to Kernel Support.
 
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I find the kudzu docs pretty obtuse so I haven't really been able to use it. It seems to manage a database of hardware info, but I haven't been able to work with it. I ended up removing my network cards yesterday in order to get kudzu to re-enter the configuration.
Guess I didn't search very far before I gave up on the docs though.
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Yes, I installed mandrake 9.0 on a box behind my firewall. It had red hat 7.2, then trustix 3.5 on it before, the latter of which turned out to be rather too secure, with too much porting required to make it convenient for my uses. That PC is mainly a development and test box.
I used mandrake 7 and 8 before, 9 seems to be the logical progression. Nice features, up-to-date packages etc. I like the ease-of-use in Mandrake, I can trust the installers to install properly, and I can then get on with my work without having to tweak too much.
And Mandrake comes on 3 disks with lots and lots of packages, everything that I've needed to install (except the latest java sdk which I'd get from Sun anyway). I'd say that Mandrake 9.0 is a very complete and flexible distribution.
 
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Well the only thing that still makes me run Windows (I like the XP interface, tho still hate windows as a OS...whoever said XP doesn't crash as often must be crazy, that thing is like a house of cards, Windows Explorer and Media Player crash every 15 minutes or so and I've updated everything theere was to update). So why do I still use it?
File sharing for one, I think only Limewire is avaialable for linux (correct me if I'm wrong) and I like to mix music and I haven't stumbled upon something for linux. Any clues, I'd just love to dump XP and move to a linux distro....
 
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Limewire, yes is about the only one. And they don't have the following that Morpheus and WinMX have, so it is harder to find music.
I like to record and mix music as well, and I use Cool Edit for that on my Windows box. I haven't been able to find anything equel to that for Linux.
 
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Originally posted by Adam Hardy:
So mandrake has stuff like /etc/fstab and kudzu?


Adam - All Unix variants that I am aware of, including the major commercials (SCO, HP-UX, AIX, ...) as well as Linux have /etc/fstab. It is an essential concept of the Unix OS, and has nothing to do with Linux distros in particular. Kudzu, HardDrake etc. are just logical/script wrappers around how this table gets initialized during boot, and is used during system operation.
Get a copy of Aeleens's book.
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